Planning consultancy launches Birmingham hub

Marrons Planning has launched a Birmingham office hub, with the transfer of five planning experts to the new location.

The team, who were previously based in the East Midlands, will now take the lead in developing Marrons Planning’s offering in the west of the region, including strategic land acquisition and promotion, town planning and urban design.

Leading the team will be associate director Sachin Parmar and senior planner Alasdair Thorne.

Chartered town planner Parmar has a strong background in the public sector, helping him achieve positive planning results for clients across regeneration, residential, commercial, agricultural and infrastructure projects.

Specialising in residential development and town planning, Thorne will work with clients across Birmingham and the wider Midlands region to promote sites via the local plan process, including sustainable urban expansions, as well as gain planning permission and conduct planning appeals.

Also supporting the Birmingham expansion are urban designers Alex Craggs and the newly-appointed Jared McQueen-Pullen, who joins from Dudley Council, as well as assistant planner Isabella Ingram.

Head of Marrons Planning Brian Mullin said: “We have a growing number of team members who have lived, worked or grown up in the West Midlands and who have intimate working knowledge of planning authorities in the region.

“As we gain momentum in Birmingham, Worcester and Wolverhampton in particular, it made sense for key players in our team to make the move and work from our Birmingham hub in order to cement those relationships with clients and the public sector.

“We have an excellent track record for successful planning applications due to our local authority experience, and as a result are seeing growing demand for our services.”